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“Better Than a Diner”

Harold & Cathy's Dumfries Cafe
Ranked #1 of 54 Restaurants in Dumfries
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed September 6, 2012

My wife and I had lunch at Harold & Cathy's yesterday. It's always just about full but turns over fairly quickly. Just good basic food, served by friendly staff. I had beef vegetable soup (homemade) and a sandwich. She had the breaded shrimp which I'm sure were frozen but still perfectly prepared and served in record time. The special, a hot roast beef sandwich served open-faced was immense. Harold, who looks older than Moses, was having one and polished it all off before diving into some pie. He's just a wisp of a gent. Lots of customers seemed to be regulars and they do a brisk take-out business as well. The only other place remotely like this within miles is the Astoria restaurant in Woodbridge. Stop in if you want to step back in time.

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Reviewed May 16, 2012

Good Prices too! Give it a shot! You wont be disappointed, Great little mom and pop shop

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Reviewed April 10, 2012

Harold and Cathy's is a mainstay in Dumfries! People that have worked in the area, or within 20 miles have eaten there. They advertise, "Always on the left!" as the Route 1 splits and goes around their establishment. Never a bad meal, great service, and friendly staff. The meals are more than adequate, and fast service makes grabbing lunch there even that much more enjoyable. Need somewhere to go for a healthy, fast, and tasty meal, go to Harold and Cathy's. As it is a family business that has been there for (I believe) the 1950's, you know the owner is usually there observing and smiling at his repeat clientele.

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Reviewed February 24, 2012

This is another local restaurant with good food and friendly service. Located just up the street from the entrance to Quantico Marine Base in Dumfries, you can tell it is a military town. I was up here hiking at Prince William Forest just across Route 1. The restaurant has all types of pictures and other items from past military engagements decorating the walls and even the table tops are laminated with a military decor. Seems like they have seen their share of sercivemen go through here. I love to go to these types of places. It really helps you experience the local area. We had the usual breakfast; eggs, bacon and coffee. All good. Would definitely recommend to others.

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Reviewed January 30, 2012

This little cafe can be easy to miss, tucked in between a car wash and an Acts donation center, but the effort should be made to get there! The price is great and the plates are loaded with food. The menu is full of homegrown ideas such as scrapple, biscuit sandwhiches, and hash. The staff is great and have the food to the table quick, the longest wait being eight minutes or so. It is a military/public service friendly place which makes for a great environment. Make the trip to this great place!

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